All posts by Charlie Coile

New Board Elected at Annual Meeting

For those of you who missed it, annual meeting 2017 was a success! The board for the upcoming term will be Nina, Mika, Shawn, Kris, Jon, and Charlie.

The meeting was more than just boring votes though (we actually almost forgot to vote altogether!). It was a chance to set aside the screw drivers and thermal paste tubes to look around and thank some hardworking folks.

Click here or on the image below to see the 2017 Annual Meeting Presentation!

Annual Meeting Slide Show Cover 2017

Time to get back to bridging the digital divide, reducing the negative impact of ewaste, and advocating for free software. Come visit us in the workspace soon!


Annual Meeting + Celebration

Join us at the workspace! Friday, November 3rd @ 7:30pm

Annual MeetingOnce a year, Free I.T. staff get together to elect new board members. Turns out, it’s a great excuse to grab some pizza and celebrate another successful year of FRITA!

Hop on over to the Facebook event page and let us know you’re coming. See you there!



N00b Hour: Upgrading and Installing Software

Wednesday, April 19th @ 7p!

This month’s N00b hour is all about software! We’ll start with the basics of upgrading the existing software (packages) on your Linux computer by using its package manager.  Then, we’ll look at ways to find and install new software for it.  Next, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of using packages not provided by your operating system.  Finally, we’ll very briefly learn that it is possible to install software without using your operating system’s package manager.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Don’t forget that you can see previous N00b Hours on the Free I.T. Athens YouTube page.

New Hours on Saturdays!

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Last month Free I.T. staff members “test drove” new hours on Saturday mornings. I’m happy to report that it was a success! Not only did people come out to shop, get tech support, and donate, but volunteers started showing up too.

So we decided to put the new hours permanently on the schedule: Free I.T. Athens will now be open on Saturdays from 9a – 1p.

Here’s some of the great stuff you can do during Saturday open hours:

  • Volunteer: learn about technology, protect the environment, and help the Athens community in a cooperative hands on environment.
  • Donate: drop off those electronics you’ve been hoarding since 1992! We’ll either put them to good use or ensure that they’re recycled responsibly.
  • Shop: Computers for $15, monitors starting at $15, printers for $10, $1 cables… we even have a record player in the store!
  • Tech Support: bring in your ailing computer or laptop and let Free I.T. folks help you fix it!

Screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap

This month Franklin College is hosting a networking, movie screening, and panel discussion all about the gender gap in the software industry. We’re giving the event a shout out because it aligns with our mission to bridge the digital divide!

Film Screening of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
Wednesday, March 22 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
UGA Special Collections Library
Facebook Event

See you in the workspace!